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Brush Fire Safety

Fire safety for brush fires not only will protect you, but will also protect your neighbors and friends. It is important that you take these tips into consideration anytime you plan on burning.

Burn Permit

It is illegal to conduct any burn without a burn permit. You can get one from the fire department Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Alwasy call the fire department prior to burning.

Weather

Weather is an important aspect when burning. things to consider are wind speeds, humidity levels and even temperature.

Wind speeds should be between 5 and 15 miles per hour. Wind gusts should not exceed 15 miles per hour.

The humidity should be above 20%, anything less than that will be too dry especially if there is any wind. This holds true even after a rain. Many fires out of control fires happen just after a rain, because the humidity was below 20% and there was wind. This caused the ground grass to dry out quickly even though the ground was wet.

Temperature

Try not to burn if the temperature is really high. This is because the heat will dry out the grass quicker and allow for the fire to be hotter than it would normally. Burn as early as possible, here that is a minimum of 2 hours after sunrise. Around here that would be around 8:30am in the spring and summer time.

Best Practice

The best way to burn is to make your fire break on the the areas you don't want to burn, and start your burn on the down wind side and burn into the wind. This will allow you the most control over your fire. Always make your fire break a minimum of ten feet wide.

Final Tip

If you aren't sure if it is safe to burn, don't the weather around Kansas is constantly changing and it will eventually become perfect for burning. It is better to ba safe than sorry.

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4/18/2007